Friday, May 20, 2011

Beginner's Mind

To see the richness of the present moment, we need to cultivate what has been called "beginner's mind", a mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first time.
You might try to cultivate your own beginner's mind in your daily life as an experiment. The next time you see somebody who is familiar, ask yourself if you are seeing this person with fresh eyes, as he or she really is, or if you are only seeing the reflection of your own thoughts about this person. Try it with your children, your spouse, your friends and co-workers, with your dog or cat if you have one. Try it with problems when they arise. Try it when you are outdoors in nature. Are you able to see the sky, the stars, the trees and the water and the stones, and really see them as they are right now with a clear and uncluttered mind? Or are you actually only seeing them through the veil of your own thoughts and opinions?

Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabbat-Zinn PhD, pg 36

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